Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography is certainly one of the most quoted and discussed texts in reference to photographic theory today. The book is certainly worth reading if one is going to attempt to find out what all the fuss is about. If you’re going to bother reading Camera Lucida, you should also read James Elkins’ response to that rambling text.: Camera Dolorosa is a hilarious and relevant read.
Camera Lucida is often cited, both in Photography Theory and Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before. I tend to come down on the Camera Dolorosa side of things, which is to say I find Camera Lucida rather narrow and sentimental (and often a bit silly…). Many seem to be on the Lucida Bandwagon though… thoughts?